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2008 F1 season drawing to a close, Hamilton vs. Massa - McLaren vs. Ferrari

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Posted 10-28-2008 at 04:22 AM by Bludd

There's only one race left, the 2008 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in São Paulo.

Lewis Hamilton leads Felipe Massa with 7 points. This means Lewis will be world champion if he manages to score at least 4 points. That means he only needs to finish fifth.

However, McLaren is 11 points behind Ferrari in the Constructors' world championship and there's only 18 points up for grabs. To win both championships, McLaren needs a 1-2 finish and Ferrari only needs 7 points to clinch the title.

So as it stands, Lewis Hamilton is favourite to become world champion while Ferrari are favourites to win the Constructors'.

Last year, Lewis threw it all away at the last two races and Kimi Räikkönen sailed up to win by 1 point to both Lewis and Fernando Alonso. This year, Kimi can't win, Fernando can't win but Lewis can still throw it away. Will he? This year has been Felipe Massa's best year even though he still has some crazy weird races (Silverstone, where he spun 5 times).

Formula 1 is a political sport and the international federation for motorsport, FIA, have been talking a lot about cutting costs. One of their proposals is to standardise the engine. This will of course cut costs since all aspects of the engine can be planned to the cheapest solution possible. I don't think this is in the sport's best interests, though. Formula 1 is supposed to be the technological pinnacle of motorsport. We already have a open-wheel category with standard engines, it's called GP2. In fact, everything is standardised in GP2 and the category doesn't spawn new technology or innovation, it's just a show. Formula 1 is a show, a technological playground and a promotional vehicle. If the teams can't promote their technological excellence, they will pull out, especially the big manufacturers who put all their corporate pride in their engine and car. Ferrari have just gone out and said they will drop out if FIA gets its way and Ferrari have been in the sport since the 1950s.

Many boffins think that this proposal by FIA is just a negotiating tactic. I hope so.
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